KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah’s youth wing - Wira Warisan - condemns Sabah Umno Youth for accusing the government as being pro-illegal immigrant with the plan to issue temporary passes to eligible immigrants.
Wira Warisan vice-chief Ian Mahendra Krishnan said the issue of illegal immigrants has been a long-standing problem even when Barisan Nasional was in power.
He said for the Sabah Umno Youth chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain to say that the current government was backing illegal immigrants was like “spitting at their own face”.
“Aziz also spoke about the Sabah temporary passes (PSS) and this shows that he still does not understand the function of this PSS and how it works, ” he said.
Krishnan said the PSS is an effort to standardise the various types of permits or papers held by IMM13 holders (Filipino refugees), and those with the Burung-Burung cards and census certificates.
He explained that holders of these documents made it hard for authorities to identify the genuine and fake at a glance, among other difficulties.
He also asked why Aziz had kept quiet about these problems when Barisan was in power and only tried to question it now.
Krishnan also asked why Aziz had not voiced out concerns regarding corruption, wastage, and dishonest practises in government-linked companies during the Barisan era.
“Even though Parti Warisan Sabah is new, we are committed to solve all these issues, ” he said.
Aziz had touched on these issues during the Umno Annual General Meeting in Putrajaya.
On accusations of economic downturn since the new government took over, Krisnan said Sabah had taken a bold step to stop the export of timber and logs to focus on cleaning up past debts.
He said efforts were also being done to restructure the GLCs which he said were facing more losses than profits.
“I’m sure when all has been sorted out, the economy will be better than ever, ” he said, adding that the Warisan-led state government has also made it a policy to approve of an investment opportunity within 24 hours of application.
He said this was a way to cut down on bureaucracy and to attract more investors to Sabah.
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